TOWIE gossip: Rylan Clark 'axed' from live special

Rylan Clark (X Factor 2012)

X Factor finalist Rylan Clark has reportedly pulled out of his appearance on tonight's live episode of The Only Way Is Essex.

Rylan had been due to make a cameo appearance on tonight's first ever live episode of TOWIE, singing at charity talent show hosted by Arg.

But not all of the show's cast have been so welcoming, with Mario Falcone threatening to quit if Rylan joined the show.

He told the Daily Mirror: “Rylan may be all right for the live episode, but if he comes on the main show with us, we’ve all said we’ll leave... me, Joey Essex and Kirk Norcross.

“We’ve distanced ourselves from his interpretation of Essex - it makes us look like none of us have got intellect when we have.”

He said of the eliminated XFactor star: “He’s a douche bag.”

And Kirk Norcross claimed: “We’re trying to get away from that Amy Childs image.”

Rylan however blamed his exit on commitments to The X Factor live tour, which starts in the new year

He said: “TOWIE’s a great programme and I wish them all the best of luck.

“But I can’t do the show because I’ve got commitments to the X Factor tour and I’ve got to be in rehearsals.”

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